Sunday, 25 September 2022

Upskilling

These past few weeks I have spent quite a few days at the museum, using the downtime that is "Slow September" doing further training in different fields. The tourism season hasn't quite kicked in yet, so we are using our time to deepen our knowledge and upskill ourselves.

For example we have had a couple of sessions with a curator from Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet in Paris, around the subjects of Chinese writing, and ceramics. I surprisingly enjoyed immersing myself in all things pottery, stoneware and porcelain. So I really took the opportunity to absorb all the in-depth information and detail the curator had to share. One thing she covered was all the different glazing, by for example using these Tang dynasty funerary figures, so called mingqi to illustrate the Sancai glaze:

We also learned more about this green coloured celadon glaze on different pieces of stoneware; and we looked closer at this blueish-white incense burner with red decorations, made with copper oxide.


On the theme of ceramics, we were also invited one afternoon into the Conservation Lab at the museum, to get an introduction into their work. Currently they are working on restoring a plate from RAK, and we got to know more about that process. Really, really interesting - and I look forward to having this plate back in the galleries eventually, as it will so much more fun to talk about it having seen the restoration happen in real time!



Finally we have also been building on our soft skills, having had some training on how to mediate the school tours. This was done both theoretically but also in the galleries with some role play - always fun!



Now I can't wait to welcome both students and other visitors to the museum. I am so excited to bring all these new skills and new knowledge into my tours, in all the different ways!

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Tillykke!

The flag is hoisted at Thomas house, in honour of Nathans birthday! It looks like they have gloomy weather, but that doesn't stop the celebrations!
Having a great time in Copenhagen, I'm sure this birthday will be a special one for him! (And I'm glad to see that the mustache is finally gone...)


It's been a busy week! Actually it's a great idea to turn up in September, as everybody is in town then and not away on holidays. Nathan has managed to catch up with a lot of our friends, and Lucas of course have tagged along.



In between they have had a great time at Thomas' house, with Lucas' new family.



Friends also came over from Norway, and Sweden!


Wish I was there too!
Happy Birthday Sweety!

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Halfway point

We are about halfway through what I usually call 'Sad September', as I usually feel rather down this time of the year. Although this year it all feels quite different. It's actually been rather busy, so I haven't had time to be too sad, nor about September - not even about Lucas not being here.
For sure it has created a new dynamic just being the three of us in the house, and sometimes it feels like Lucas is just up in his room, or out with friends. We do miss him lots obviously, but we are at the same time so excited for him and this new life he is creating for himself.

We love hearing from him about all the things that he is up to and we are cheering him on each step he takes towards his independence. I can tell you - he is certainly growing and advancing fast!
Uni has started with a bang but he seems to be on top of it all really nicely, and most importantly - he seems to be enjoying his course. He has got himself a job at a Brewpub/Restaurant where he can work a few shifts a week to get some extra pocket money. He has met and befriended new people, and have been out and about just living life, and seems to have lots going on. Oh to be young again..!

Linnea has really got on top of her school work for DP already from day 1, which is a great. The fall term always seem a bit heavier with new subjects, teachers, routines and class mates, and less holidays to interrupt the flow. So it's a good thing she so intent on staying focused, she's really off to a good start.

Not only have I been up at the Louvre Abu Dhabi working already quite a few days this month, but we have a new temporary exhibition coming up in less than a month, so I have plenty of study material to go through for that.
There really is no time to sit around and be bored!
But as any good procrastinator, having this studying hanging over me, has made me start other projects around the house as well... We have for example cleared out, tidied and reorganised all the office drawers, the kitchen and the storage room. Next is Lucas room.


Nathan is off up to Scandinavia soon for a weeks holiday, to catch up with Lucas and bring him some more of his things. Namely his warm jacket, some beanies, scarves and mittens to prepare for the cold..!
This September it's actually all going on!

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Hello beautiful!

Yes, I have missed it throughout the summer, I have! Missed what?
Working!
Look, there she is in all her beauty!


I was back to the Louvre Abu Dhabi today, for the first day after two months away.
I feel very lucky having this job at the museum. Otherwise I wouldn't be working until probably the last week of October or so; when the tourists normally start to come. Thanks to this job, I now have work throughout the whole year, even in May, June and September - months that normally are completely dead.


Unfortunately today there was no pre-booked tours to deliver, and nobody came last minute either; so no tours today. Instead I had plenty of time to browse the galleries and take note of all the new rotations, and got ample time to study and research for the upcoming Impressionist-exhibition. So all good.
I had brought some Swedish goodies to share with my colleagues:


I am so excited for the season to come!

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Happy 15th!

I almost forgot - it's the blog birthday today! I only remembered as I got flashed some 'Memories' on Facebook. The blog is turning FIFTEEN!!! Can you believe it?!

I've been musing regularly for fifteen years now, about our daily life, the ups and downs, the big happenings and the small ones..! I am so happy to have this record, of all the best photos, and all the best stories! And as you might know, not only on the web, but every school year gets printed out as a book!


It ended up being per school year, as I started on the 1st of September, pretty much at the same time as school. Just random really, but now it suits rather well.

So how long will I go on? I don't know. For as long as I enjoy it, as I do write it mostly for myself! At least until Linnea leaves home as well I think. Like that, I have covered almost all of their childhood, and it will be a fantastic gift for them to look back at when they get their own kids.

For the first seven years the blog had another name (obviously, since we lived in another place) - Life in Brunei. If you are keen on reading how it all started, click away here and enjoy a blast from the past..!

1 September 2022 Covid status

It is so so depressing to get back, for the third summer in a row now, to restrictions and masks. This time more than before, as it feels like Abu Dhabi is the only place that still demands fortnightly PCR-tests together with mandated mask wear (indoors). I certainly hope that the rules will change here too soon, with the new tourist season just around the corner - otherwise it will be another slow one for sure.

In good news, the day we left for summer holidays, UAE had 1778 new cases, and we are now down to only 481. The curve is pointing the right way for sure!


Today's numbers in the UAE:
* 481 new cases, from 260,132 tests
* 0 new deaths. Total death toll 2,341
* Total cases in the UAE 1,015,879

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Solo back to school

First day of school today, of the 2022/2023 school year. First year in the Diploma Program for this one, Grade 11. That means new uniform, black trousers and a shirt with black piping instead of green.


We all found it a bit weird that she was on her own going to school this morning. Only two more years, and she is flown too! Gotta enjoy them!

Sunday, 28 August 2022

We're back

Yes, we are back in the land of sand - and masks... and regular PCR-tests... Aaaaargghhh...
Are we the only ones still keeping up with this by now?! It feels so bizarre after spending the whole summer in several countries, where there are no restrictions whatsoever anymore. 


I guess we will just have to suck it up for the time being, and hope for positive changes, soon.

Grown and flown

As Linnea and I packed our suitcases to close up our summer holidays and go back home to Nathan, this time we left Lucas behind. It was time to say goodbye, but not goodbye like many times before - a big goodbye, until, I don't actually know when!
This process of having a kid leaving home has been a bit different for us, as it hasn't been a long and slow process. Most young people who move out just go somewhere else close by, or at least stay in the same country - or even continent! Sure, we knew it was coming, but it still felt like quite a blunt, abrupt ending; in a way, to his whole childhood.
He's now off to do his own thing, live his own life!

I tried to put on a smile while I hugged him (as long and hard as I could) and wished him all the good-luck-be-good-stay-safe-have-fun. It all got too emotional for this Mummy, I am the nostalgic and sentimental type after all.

We are missing him lots back home, but we are so proud of him and are so excited to see where life will take him!


He's so lucky to get to borrow and live in this little annex in a friend's garden to start with. A home away from home, with a fabulous safety net of all our friends around Skåne and Copenhagen looking after him for us, if he needs to!


A space to call his own, with all that he needs. At the moment he doesn't have much "stuff", but Nathan is planning to go see him for his leave in September, and will bring him some more things from here then.


So, our first baby is grown and flown.
At least - there is Zoom and WhatsApp, and easy ways to keep in touch. Even though it will be longer than before, this goodbye is not forever. ♡♡♡

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Discovering Malmö

We spent the last few days of the holidays moving Lucas into his new little house, helping him with some admin and discover Malmö a bit.


This week it was Introduction Week for international students at the university, so Lucas took the opportunity to join in at some of the presentations, and meet other students. I got so happy when he text me to say he was going to grab some lunch together with some new friends, at least I certainly don't have to worry about him socially.


He is signed up for business studies (in English) at the Malmö University. Exciting!


While in Malmö we stayed with Pia and family. Although school had started already for Sofie, Emma had another friend visiting, and Pia was at work. So Linnea and I amused ourselves during the day when everyone else were busy, lucky they live close to Emporia!



There we go, it'll be interesting to see how Lucas feels that he fits in after he gets settled. He got a good start, Malmö showed itself from its best side in gorgeous sunshine while we were there. Although we realised the kids have NEVER been to Scandinavia in the autumn, in their life! So I guess it will be an "interesting" experience when the darkness, the wind, the rain and the soggy, grey days arrive later in the fall... he he...